There are several possible reasons why Alexander chose to pursue India

There are several possible reasons why Alexander chose to pursue India

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There are several possible reasons why Alexander chose to pursue India. Part may be  simply that Persia had once possessed parts of India, and therefore Alexander, as the  new Great King, wanted to reclaim it. As little was known about India, curiosity was likely  also a factor. Perhaps most important, India was the end of Asia as far as Alexander  knew; its acquisition was necessary if he was to rule the entire continent. The invasion of India began in the summer of 327 B.C. Alexander proceeded as he had  in his Persian conquest, vanquishing city by city. Many cities surrendered without a fight;  those that did not were usually massacred without mercy. Alexander soon gained the  support of Ambhi, the ruler of Attock. Alexander and his troops rested for a couple of  months in the capital city of Taxiles as they prepared to meet Ambhi's enemy, Porus. In response to Alexander's request that he submit, Porus assembled his army and 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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